Mets’ defensive miscues are starting to become costly

Andres Chavez
Feb 25, 2020; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first for an out against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are at the top of the National League East division with a 7-6 record. However, there is no denying the fact that what the team showed on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs was embarrassing.

In a span of two inning, Mets’ players committed at least four defensive miscues that helped turn the game in the Cubs’ favor, and they ended up winning 16-4. JD Davis was once again shaky by failing to corral the baseball in a play at third base, but Michael Conforto’s errant throw from the outfield, Francisco Lindor bobbling a ball and also making a bad throw, and Jeff McNeil’s hesitation also made mistakes.

In total, the Mets made four errors, and it could have been more if a play or two were scored differently at Wrigley Field.

“We’re all human,” Davis said earlier this week, per MLB.com. “Even Gold Glovers sometimes don’t go errorless throughout the season.”

Mets’ Davis has been raking, but is clearly not comfortable at third

Davis in particular has been among the most criticized players in the Mets’ roster for his defense. He is, however, having a very good season at the plate, with a .412 batting average, a homer and a 1.147 OPS in the early going.

“It’s not good that we’re losing games — let’s not get that mixed up — but it’s great that it’s happening now because we’re continuing to learn, we’re continuing to know each other,” said Lindor. “I’d much rather this happen now, or in Spring Training, than it happen late in September when we’re fighting for a playoff spot, or when we’re in the playoffs — God willing. So we learn from it, and we move on.”

“Everybody knows what happened out there,” Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said. “Really bad inning, led to other bad innings as well.”

Despite Davis’ ongoing defensive issues, Rojas said he is still the Mets’ starting third baseman. He assured the press that he “is going to be back there at third, and he’s going to be making plays for us.”